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The design concept of Dome House was to take a copper sphere, bury it in the ground and divvy it up into many varied slices. Then some fragments were removed while others remained so that the house could open up in the middle creating a unique and intimate relationship with the garden. “This strategy, though conceptually simple, had a limitless and joyous experiential complexity,” write the architects of the design. “Such complexity was rigorously informed by the geometry of the sphere.”

And the home is as efficient as it is unique. Rainwater is collected from the copper clad roof by hidden gutters and is stored in rainwater tanks. The house also utilizes a solar hot watersystem, a drip garden watering system and double glazing to minimize energy usage. The architects have also taken special care to make sure all of these green features are concealed so that they don’t take away from the house’s visual appeal.

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